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Mike Weeks (#47007652)
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Bio Photo Family and non-family tree researcher (and photographer) in spare time.

In addition, researching Naval Aviators (Navy & Marine Corps) designated prior to the formal entry of the U.S. into World War II.
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Michael Livingston
Robert F. Halladay
Hi Mike,
Can you help me learn where you found the following information on my grade school teacher, Robert F. Halladay? Thanks! Mike
2nd Lt. R. F. Halladay, USNCR, designated Naval Aviator #8851 in 1941.
Added by Michael Livingston on Apr 19, 2014 8:06 PM
Pattie Ford
RE: Dewitt Allen Harrell
Thanks Mike I have updated his memorial.

Added by Pattie Ford on Apr 03, 2014 6:29 AM
Pattie Ford
Dewitt Allen Harrell

I guess I had Dewitt confused with someone else when I said to you that the SSDI was in Marion Co., Florida. It must have been a late night when I did that. So Sorry.


PS are you related??
Added by Pattie Ford on Apr 02, 2014 7:41 PM
Pattie Ford
Dewitt Allen Harrell
Hi Mike

Ok I found the Florida State Death Index and have copied and pasted it to his memorial. The county of Dade is not an option for Florida on Find A Grave. Hmm I wonder why.. Check out his memorial and let me know.

Added by Pattie Ford on Apr 02, 2014 7:30 PM
Jack Davison
# 65888281CAPT John W Davison
This is my Dad, with the Fighting One Squadron Photo. Many of the pilots' names probably will fit your special interest. Forrest Sherman is not in the photo. I think he was CO later. I think Apollo Soucek, about the middle of the row of pilots, was XO and perhaps acting CO as he is not named as a CO in the pretty good Top Hats history available at Amazon. Ehen Dad and I visited the Naval Aviation display at ths Mal A&S Museum, Dad looked up at the F4B in Top Hats CO's livery (engine cowling completely painted in squadron color, red), he said "Yep, that's Forrest Sherman's plane."Squadron colors today still match those of the 30's which matched hull numbers then. On my Med deplyment in 1957, VF-31 was red, VT-32 was yellow, VA-34 was blue and VA-35, my son was in VA-195, which was also green.
Added by Jack Davison on Mar 03, 2014 5:00 PM
Jack Davison
Thanks for the tip on William A Brownie. I missed him when I was going through the class necrology to ctreate my "1953 Classmates" virtual cemetery. Wendell G Switzer, Jr. was one of my plebe summer roommates and was one of that first batch, but I did not get around to posting his Lucky Bag photo until yesterday. I was struck by how you created memorials for practically his entire family.
Added by Jack Davison on Mar 03, 2014 7:48 AM
Jim Herring
RE: LTC Ralph Herring
I"ll find something. Thanks. Enjoy.
Added by Jim Herring on Feb 20, 2014 6:27 PM
Jim Herring
RE: LTC Ralph Herring
You are apparently into military research, have you any suggestions how I can find British war records for the early 1800s? I can't afford at this time.
Added by Jim Herring on Feb 20, 2014 7:46 AM
Jim Herring
RE: LTC Ralph Herring
It looks fine. The newspaper article WAS quite wordy, even rambling. This gives the necessary information without boring the reader to tears. I got the most crucial evidence from it.
It all but confirmed my suspicions that my 3rd grt. grandfather, William was a British soldier but stopped short of calling him a War of 1812 deserter which wouldn't have bothered me at all. In fact a little spice would be a good thing. He and Cynthia produced many fine American off spring and even a couple that became Canadians!
Thanks for the credit, it may help me to connect with other Herring researchers.
Added by Jim Herring on Feb 19, 2014 2:27 PM
Jim Herring
RE: LTC Ralph Herring

Gouvernuer Northern Tribune
February 21, 1926


Killed When Trolly in Manilla Jumps Track
Word has been received here of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Ralph E. Herring, a member of the United States Coast Artillery who was killed in an accident at Manila on February 20. Colonel Herring was the son of the late Henry Philander Herring and Carrie Fowler Herring members of old St. Lawrence and Jefferson County fathers.
Colonel Herring was killed in company with Major John H. Hunter and three enlisted men when a trolley car in which they were riding en route from the top of Corrigador Island, entrance to Manilla Bay to the boatland and jumped the tracks.
Colonel Herring's father, the late Henry Philander Herring was born on the Herring farm on the Johnstown road in the town of Gouverneur and spent his boyhood and youth there. He was the son of William Herring, a veteran of the British army who came to St. Lawrence county about a hundred years ago and established his home on the Johnstown road. H. P. Herring, father of Colonel Herring moved to Watertown to study law and in 1870, married Miss Carrie Fowler, sister of Miss Julia Fowler who is now at the Henry Keep Home. After his marrige he and his wife moved to Minneapolis where he practiced law. Colonel Ralph Herring was born there Sept. 25, 1877 and spent his early life in that city.
His mother, Carrie Fowler was the daughter of Earl B. Fowler and Jane Bush Fowler. She was born at Turin in Lewis County. Later her parents moved to Antwerp where her father was engaged in a mercantile business for a number of years. About 1852 or 1858 he moved to Evans Mills with his family.
In 1853 the Agricultural Insurance Company was being organized in Evans Mills by a group of farmers as a mutual company. Earl B. Fowler, the grandfather of Colonel Herring on his mother's side of the family was engaged by the Agricultural Insurance Company as its general agent. He would take his horse and rig and drive around the country soliciting the farmers to take out insurance with his company. Although he was not the organizer of the company from a financial standpoint, he was one of the forces which brought success to the company. After two or three years in Evans Mills the company moved its heaadquarters to Watertown.
Colonel Ralph E. Herring who was born in Minneapolis was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Herring. After he grew to manhood his parents moved to California. Mr. Herring died there and his body was cremated and the ashes were brought back to Watertown and buried in Brookside Cemetery, the resting place of his wife.
Colonel Herring entered the army at the age of 21. He enlisted as a private in Company A, 13th Minnesota Infantry on June 14, 1898 serving until Oct. 3, 1899. He served through several periods of re-enlistment and on July 1, 1901 became a secnd lieutenant in the coast artillery. On Jan. 25, 1907 he was advanced, becoming a first lieutenant. In 1911 he became a captain in the coast artillery. Later he became a major and served in this position until 1918 when he became a lieutenant colonel. He was a graduate of the United States Coast Artillery school in 1908 and also a graduate of the advanced course at this school in 1912.
The late W. P. Herring of Watertown was a first cousin of Colonel Herring. W. P. Herring was a son of Hiram Herring, a brother of H. P. Herring, the colonel's father. Hiram Herring ran a tannery in Rodman for many years. H. P. Herring was a twin brother of Hattie Herring, Johnson, wife of the late Dexter Johnson, surrogate in St. Lawrence County many years ago.
There are surviving members of the family in Gouverneur, two cousins of Colonel Herring, Mrs. Viola Smith and H. H. Herring, children of William Herring (Jr).
Colonel Herring had frequently visited in this section with his parents. He last visited in this section about three years ago accompanied by his wife and son Ralph Jr. who is now about 18 years of age.
Added by Jim Herring on Feb 19, 2014 8:00 AM
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